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Qwallath

Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

Currently reading

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom

De Zondebok

De Zondebok - René Girard Only two stars for style and the first half of the book, *but* 4-5 for Girard's interpretation of the gospels and his conclusion. He is really on to something; his (or rather, the New Testament's) scapegoat theory is a sophisticated analysis of individual-versus-group relations, religion, and sacralised violence. This might be the first book that convinces me that there might be something unique about the Bible as a religious work, as compared to other mythologies.

Though perhaps he does so in a later book (I haven't checked), I wish Girard would just have dropped the polemics and frustrations about historic practice and just presented his case pure and simple, and with more space for explanation and contemplation of contemporary affairs.